Off Rock by Kieran SheaOff Rock by Kieran Shea

Off Rock

byKieran Shea

Paperback | April 18, 2017

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“Five awesome and entertaining words to describe this one: 'Bank heist set in space.' Yes, please” -  io9

In the year 2778, Jimmy Vik is feeling dissatisfied. 
After busting his ass for assorted interstellar mining outfits for close to two decades, downsizing is in the wind, his ex-girlfriend/supervisor is climbing up his back, and daily Jimmy wonders if he’s played his last good hand. 
So when Jimmy stumbles upon a significant gold pocket during a routine procedure on Kardashev 7-A, he believes his luck may have changed—larcenously so. But smuggling the gold “off rock” won’t be easy.
To do it, Jimmy will have to contend with a wily criminal partner, a gorgeous covert assassin, the suspicions of his ex, and the less than honorable intentions of an encroaching, rival mining company. As the clock ticks down, treachery and betrayal loom, the body count rises, and soon Jimmy has no idea who to trust.
Kieran Shea’s fiction has appeared in many publications including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, and Crimefactory. He has been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice. He divides his time between Annapolis, Maryland and Ocean City, New Jersey.
Title:Off RockFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:April 18, 2017Publisher:TitanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1785653385

ISBN - 13:9781785653384

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quirky sci-fi heist tale with an explosive conclusion A quirky sci-fi heist tale, Off Rock by Kieran Shea manages to cram a lot of action and drama into its efficient packaging. Kind of like a spaceship, in fact, or a deep space mining shaft. It has a bit of a Red Dwarf feel to it, crossed with The Stainless Steel Rat, with a touch of Office Space . . . in space. Jimmy Vik isn't a bad guy, but he lacks ambition, isn't good with relationships, and has a tenuous grasp on morality. When he stumbles across a vein of gold while planting charges for a demolition, he suddenly sees a way out of his dead-end job. It's dangerous, but the payoff is worth it. The only problem is he's going to need help - and not the kind that can be easily trusted. The quirky factor here comes in the form of the characters, including your stock smuggler with a gambling problem, a deliberately stereotypical third-world grunt with a candy fetish, and a blonde bombshell assassin. Beneath all that quirkiness is a sharp-edged corporate satire that rides the coattails of Jimmy's relationship with Leela, his ex-girlfriend and now-supervisor. Like any great heist caper, of course, where Off Rock gets good is when everything goes bad. To say that nobody can be trusted and that everything goes spectacularly wrong is an understatement. It's a slow-burning tale for the most part, but the final third races along to an explosive conclusion. I burned through it in an afternoon, and the twists at end were brilliant.
Date published: 2017-05-09

Editorial Reviews

“Five awesome and entertaining words to describe this one: 'Bank heist set in space.' Yes, please” -  io9"fast-paced, high-energy story, which has all of the elements one would expect in a futuristic heist caper...."A great tale that is part space thriller and part classic gold heist." - Booklist “Off Rock is a space heist story you'll dig.” - Do Some Damage "While Off Rock lives up to its billing as a page-turning, escapist heist tale set in outer space (who wouldn’t pick up that book?), this novel becomes much more than a fun romp due to the depth of humanity Shea instills in his characters...Shea digs deeper than most authors of “escapist” literature are willing to comment on the very human need to break free from an unsatisfactory life." - Tethered by Letters “the final third races along to an explosive conclusion. I burned through it in an afternoon, and the twists at end were brilliant.” - Beauty in Ruins“If you’re after a plot-oriented, quick-moving caper, Off-Rock is as good as gold.”  B&N SFF blog“fast-paced and funny” - Black Gate'Off Rock' is a fast read. Like one day at the beach fast, or one flight with no layovers. The story zips along with little in the way of complication." NPR “balls-to-the-wall action and hilarity.”  Nerdspan“some great sci-fi escapism” Heradas“one hell of a good, pulpy and deliciously quirky science fiction novel for adults, because it's pure escapism from start to finish.”“guaranteed entertainment” Book Devil